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I Asked The Lord

I asked the Lord that I might grow 
In faith and love and every grace 
Might more of His salvation know 
And seek more earnestly His face

Twas He who taught me thus to pray 
And He I trust has answered prayer 
But it has been in such a way 
As almost drove me to despair

I hoped that in some favored hour 
At once He’d answer my request 
And by His love’s constraining power 
Subdue my sins and give me rest

Instead of this He made me feel 
The hidden evils of my heart 
And let the angry powers of Hell 
Assault my soul in every part

Yea more with His own hand He seemed 
Intent to aggravate my woe 
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed, 
Cast out my feelings, laid me low

Lord why is this, I trembling cried 
Wilt Thou pursue thy worm to death? 
”Tis in this way” The Lord replied 
”I answer prayer for grace and faith”

“These inward trials I employ 
From self and pride to set thee free 
And break thy schemes of earthly joy 
That thou mayest seek thy all in me, 
That thou mayest seek thy all in me.”

Lyrics to “I Asked The Lord” by Indelible Grace

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